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Modi's 'sweet revolution' points Indian farmers to honey money

Beekeeping gains pace but fair-price and direct-distribution challenges remain

Farmers in the village of Qutubgarh taking part in an economic experiment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's have extracted 1,200 kg of honey since Nov. 3. (Photo by Kiran Sharma)

NEW DELHI -- Umed Singh Rana, a farmer from Qutubgarh, a village on the outskirts of the Indian capital, has taken up a new line of work, beekeeping. Rana is 80 years old but was tempted to get into honey farming by an ambitious government program.

Flanked by his brother Ravinder and son Dinesh, Rana points to neatly arranged rows of 100 beehive boxes placed close to his 10-acre mustard farm, where the insects collect pollen and nectar, not only producing honey but also helping to improve crop yields through cross pollination.

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